Drought Statement Archive

For the 3-month period ending 31st May 2012
Issued on 6th June 2012 by the National Climate Centre

Dry conditions return to southwest WA

Conditions were drier than average across most of southern Australia in April and May 2012. Drier than normal late autumn-early winters have been experienced across southwest and southeast Australia for more than a decade.

As a result of recent dry conditions and a very dry March:

  • Severe rainfall deficiencies have emerged across southwestern and southern and central interior districts of Western Australia for the 3-month autumn period (March to May 2012).
  • Southwest Western Australia recorded its 7th driest autumn on record, while May was the 5th driest on record for Western Australia as a whole.

Heavy rain in parts of southern coastal WA at the start of June only had a minor impact on the areas of severe deficiencies.

Long-term rainfall deficiencies are also evident in southwest Western Australia. The southwest region had its driest year on record in 2010, and the two-year period of 2010 to 2011 was the driest on record in some parts of southwest Western Australia.

For more information on dry periods and extreme rain events over Australia see the Special Climate Statements issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

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For more information regarding this rainfall deficiencies statement, please contact the following climate meteorologists in the National Climate Centre:

Glenn Cook (WA) (08) 9263 2222
David Jones (03) 9669 4085
Lorien Martin (03) 6221 2043

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